TABLE A1

Comparison of Survey Items to Benchmark Values

FOQ QuestionScaleReference SourceReference QuestionReference Scale
Identical Questions
During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt you did not get enough rest or sleep?0–30 daysBRFSS 2011 – QLREST2During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt you did not get enough rest or sleep?0–30 days
How often in the past 12 months would you say you were worried or stressed about having enough money to pay your rent/mortgage? Would you say that you were worried or stressed…?AlwaysNever (5-point scale)BRFSS 2011 – SCNTMONYHow often in the past 12 months would you say you were worried or stressed about having enough money to pay your rent/mortgage? Would you say you were worried or stressed…?Alwaysnever (5-point scale)
Now thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?0–30 daysBRFSS 2011 – MENTHLTHNow thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?0–30 days
Next, we'd like to ask you about some of your general feelings and perceptions. In general, how satisfied are you with your life? [TELEPHONE ADD: Are you very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?]Very satisfiedVery dissatisfied (4-point scale)BRFSS 2010 – LSATISFYIn general, how satisfied are you with your life?Very satisfiedvery dissatisfied (4-point scale)
Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your ENTIRE LIFE?Yes/NoBRFSS 2011 – smokek100Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life? (Note: 5 packs = 100 cigarettes)Yes/No
Do you smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?Every dayNot at all (3-point scale)BRFSS 2011 – SMOKDAY2Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?Every daynot at all (3-point scale)
Have you had at least 12 alcoholic drinks over your ENTIRE LIFE?Yes/NoNHIS 2011 – ALCLIFEIn your ENTIRE LIFE, have you had at least 12 drinks of any type of alcoholic beverage?Yes/No
Do you speak a language other than English at home?Yes/NoACS Q14Does this person speak a language other than English at homeYes/No
On average, how many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-hour period?Hours/minutes per 24-hr periodNHIS – ACISLEEPOn average, how many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-hour period?1-24 hr, round up minutes
To what extent do you consider yourself to be a religious person?VeryNot at all (4-point scale)GSS – RELPERSONTo what extent do you consider yourself a religious person? Are you…Verynot at all (4-point scale)
Non-Identical Questions
On how many days during the PAST 30 DAYS, how often did you do the following kinds of physical activity? A VIGOROUS leisure-time physical activity for AT LEAST 10 MINUTES that cause HEAVY sweating or LARGE increases in breathing or heart rate?0–30 daysNHIS 2011 [Adult File] – vigfreqwHow often do you do VIGOROUS leisure-time physical activities for AT LEAST 10 MINUTES that cause HEAVY SWEATING or LARGE increases in breathing or heart rate?Respondent chooses time period with which to phrase their response
Physical activities specifically designed to STRENGTHEN your muscles (such as lifting weights, doing calisthenics, etc.)?0–30 daysNHIS 2011 [Adult File] – strfreqwHow often do you do LEISURE-TIME physical activities specifically designed to STRENGTHEN your muscles such as lifting weights or doing calisthenics? (Include all such activities even if you have mentioned them before.)Varies (see above)
In the PAST 12 MONTHS (365 days), on how many different DAYS would you estimate that you drank any type of alcoholic beverage? Your best guess is fine.0–365 daysNHIS 2011 – ALC12MYRIn the PAST YEAR, how often did you drink any type of alcoholic beverage?Varies (see above)
About how many minutes or hours in a Typical Day do you do each of the following? Watch TelevisionDo not do this at allMore than 5 hr a day (8-point scale)NHANES – PAQ.710Over the past 30 days, on average how many hours per day did (SP) sit and watch TV or videos? Would you say…<1 hr; 1 hr, 2 hr; 3 hr, 4 hr; 5+ hr; none, do not watch TV or videos
In the past 7 DAYS, about how long in total did you spend working or doing any work-related activities for pay? Please include total time for all the jobs you work for pay.Hours and minutesGSS – HRS1, HRS 2How many hours did you work last week, at all jobs? How many hours a week do you usually work, at all jobs?0–89 hr
Do you own or rent your home?Own/rent/other arrangementGSS – DWELOWNDo you/Does your family) own your (home/apartment), pay rent, or what?Own/buying, rent, other
Are you currently married?Yes/NoACS – Q20What is this person's marital status?Now married, widowed, divorced, separated, never married
Do you, or does anyone else in the household, have any of the following conditions? Blindness or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glassesYes/NoACS Q17bIs this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?Yes/No
Do you, or does anyone else in the household, have any of the following conditions? Deafness or serious difficulty hearingYes, I have this; Yes, another member of the household has this; Yes, both I and another member of the household have this; No, no one in the household has thisACS Q17aIs this person deaf or does he/she have serious difficulty hearing?Yes/No
Do you, or does anyone else in the household, have any of the following conditions? A serious difficulty in walking or climbing stairsYes, I have this; Yes, another member of the household has this; Yes, both I and another member of the household have this; No, no one in the household has thisACS Q18bDoes this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?Yes/No
Do you, or does anyone else in the household, have any of the following conditions? A serious difficulty in concentrating, remembering, or making decisions because of a physical, mental, or emotional conditionYes, I have this; Yes, another member of the household has this; Yes, both I and another member of the household have this; No, no one in the household has thisACS Q18aBecause of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions?Yes/No
How well can you read a newspaper or book in…? A. English B. SpanishNot at allVery well (4-point scale)PewWould you say you can read a newspaper or book in English?Very wellnot at all (4-point scale)
How much do you weigh without shoes on?Pounds:NHANES – WHQ.025How much (do you/does SP) weigh without clothes or shoes? If (you are/she is) currently pregnant, how much did (you/she) weigh before your pregnancy?Pounds or kilograms
Of all the telephone calls that you or other members of your home receive, how many are received on a cell phone or smartphone?All received on cell phones/smartphones; Almost all calls are received on cell phones/smartphones; Some received on cell phones/smart phones and some on regular phones; Very few are received on cell phones/smartphones; None on cell phones/smartphonesNHIS – PHONEUSEOf all the telephone calls that you (or your family) receives, are…All or almost all calls received on cell phones; Some received on cell phones and some on regular phones; Very few or none on cell phones
EXCLUDING YOU, how many other adults (age 18 or over) live in your household?0–25 adultsACS 2011How many people are living or staying at this address?Open-ended response
How many bedrooms are in your house, apartment, or mobile home? That is, how many bedrooms would you list if your house, apartment, or mobile home were on the market for sale or rent?1 → 5+ bedrooms (5-point scale)ACS 2011How many of these rooms are bedrooms? Count as bedrooms those rooms you would list if this house, apartment, or mobile home were for sale or rent. If this is an efficiency/studio apartment, print “O”Open-ended response
How many automobiles, vans, and trucks of one-ton capacity or less are kept at home for use by members of your household?0–20ACS 2011How many automobiles, vans, and trucks of one-ton capacity or less are kept at home for use by members of this household?None6 or more (7-point scale)